Land Use & Municipal Law

Jackson Walker’s land use and municipal law practice group – the largest in the Southwest – handles transactions from the city to the suburbs and beyond. Whether it’s an urban redevelopment, industrial complex, or a brand-new neighborhood, we assist clients with securing appropriate zoning, addressing thoroughfare and circulation issues, and obtaining necessary approvals. We also help our clients devise and implement the most cost-effective approaches to their projects.

Bill Dahlstrom is a JW partner who concentrates on land use. He has a land use planning background and is a Fellow in the College of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Bill incorporates a planning and problem-solving process in land use and land development issues. He works with clients to identify the land use approvals most appropriate for their projects and assists them in obtaining those approvals from public agencies. In his more than 30 years of practice, he’s handled master planned developments, subdivision and annexation issues, special districts, conservation projects, and much more.

Suzan Kedron is another partner who regularly assists clients in their land use needs. Suzan helps our clients get things done at city hall. She has a unique way of marrying modern technology with the bureaucracy of city hall. Her background in architecture from Columbia in New York and her passion for Real Estate combines to efficiently assist clients through the entitlement process. And, her personal interest in technology helps the old and new economy industries navigate their way through the morass of municipal and state regulation.

Another of these skilled attorneys in municipal law is Susan Mead. Susan represents clients in matters of zoning, planning, and entitlements law. Brian M. Jones, President and CEO of Forest City Development California, Inc., had this to say about Susan: “Susan has played a major role in our success in North Texas, and she has exemplified professionalism, integrity, and steadfast commitment in helping us achieve our development objectives. Her vast experience with and knowledge of public/private partnerships and all entitlement matters has earned Susan our admiration and gratitude. We are proud of our association with Susan and the entire Jackson Walker legal team.”

In addition to Suzan, Susan, and Bill, Jackson Walker’s practice group includes many experienced attorneys who handle land use entitlements for developments as diverse as due diligence review, historic preservation projects, right-of-way abandonments, public/private partnership incentives including tax increment financing and municipal utility districts, infrastructure financing, variances and special exceptions, and environmental reviews.

  • Representation of client on approval of creative “form-based” zoning and tax increment financing district for significant regional mixed-use development – Richardson, Texas
  • Approval of contentious rezoning and redevelopment of obsolete townhomes for national multifamily developer and all-boys’ college preparatory private school – Dallas
  • Zoning for mixed use project and potential professional basketball team facility/arena – Dallas
  • Rezoning and replat for new lodging concept- Richardson
  • Economic incentives for a 90 acre mixed-use project in Mansfield, Texas
  • Zoning for 90-acre mixed-use redevelopment – Plano
  • Controversial zoning approval for nationally-known private school – Dallas
  • Signage issues Dallas Arts District SPSD
  • Skybridge License across major thoroughfare
  • Major zoning change for all-girls’ private high school for athletic field – Dallas
  • Zoning approval and site plan approval for affordable housing development – Fort Worth
  • Zoning approval for storage facility – Fort Worth
  • Multiple zoning approvals for 125-acre mixed-use development (office, multifamily, retail, restaurant, townhomes) along SH 190 – Plano
  • Zoning and tax abatement approval for cold storage distribution center – Sunnyvale
  • Zoning approval for creative multifamily development – Grand Prairie
  • Las Colinas Association approval for corporate lodging facility – Irving
  • Mixed use zoning approval – Richardson
  • Zoning approval for memory care/retirement housing – Dallas
  • Controversial zoning for hotel – Lancaster
  • Rezoning for multifamily and retail uses on a tract in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas
  • Rezoning for private high school – Addison, Texas
  • Rezoning for prominent private school- Dallas
  • Rezoning for university – Richardson
  • Tarrant County approval of tax abatement agreement for new corporate headquarters – Fort Worth
  • Webb County Approval of a Tax Abatement Agreement for retail center redevelopment- Laredo
  • Multiple single-family lots rezoning for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity